Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
FAQs for National Diploma
What is the duration of the National Diploma in Dental Nursing?
What is the role of a Dental Nurse?
Dental nurses work along-side dentists assisting in the care of patients including anything from a simple check up to advanced specialist treatment. It is an important responsibility of the dental nurse to put patient at ease and help them feel comfortable and relaxed during their visit.
Qualified Dental nurses also provide advice and give instruction to patients helping them to improve their oral hygiene. No two patients or procedures are ever quite the same making this an extremely varied and interesting role. Being able to work effectively as part of a team of professionals, with all types of patients, is a key factor in the role.
Other responsibilities include updating notes for the patient’s records, preparing a range of dental materials for fillings and impression taking, processing X-rays, sterilising instruments and providing chair side support to the dentist and making sure health and safety standards in the surgery are maintained.
There is a broad range of career options open for fully qualified dental nurses to build skills and experience, which will always see them in demand. Taking further courses in specialist areas allow additional skills and qualifications to be gained. Qualified and registered dental nurses can also apply for places on Dental Hygiene / Dental Therapy / Orthodontic Therapy courses. Many nurses have also made the move to a management role within a practice or hospital department, or have become a trainer and assessor within a dental nurse education centre. Alternatively the patient care experience can be applied to a wider healthcare role beyond Dentistry.
How soon can I apply to work as a Trainee Dental nurse?
What are the requirements and documents required to enrol on National Diploma in Dental Nursing?
Is there a time limit in starting placement?
Is it necessary for me to work as a Trainee Dental Nurse and what are the minimum hours required?
Is there a job/placement guarantee?
How long will it take for me to find placement?
If I am not able to pass my exams in my first attempt what options will I have?
If I am not able to finish my RoE within the deadline can I still sit the exams?
What exams do I have to take as part of the course?
What other qualification and training will I need to qualify as a Dental Nurse?
How much is the course?
FAQs for Post Qualification Certificate Courses
Can I do the post qualification certificate even if I do not have a primary qualification like NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing or City & Guilds Diploma in Dental Nursing?
Can I commence post qualification certificate as soon as I have passed my primary qualification exam?
What academic level is post qualification certificate equivalent to?
NEBDN professional qualifications are not currently in the Qualifications Framework. However, as a broad guide:
NEBDN Certificate in Oral Health Education – broadly equivalent to Level 4.
NEBDN Certificate in Orthodontic Dental Nursing – broadly equivalent to Level 5.
NEBDN Certificate in Dental Radiography – broadly equivalent to Level 4.